After months of speculation, Vice President Joe Biden announced Wednesday he will not seek the White House in 2016.

With President Obama by his side, Biden spoke about his agonizing decision to forgo his lifelong dream of being President of the United States of America.

As the family and I have worked through the — the grieving process, I’ve said all along what I’ve said time and again to others: that it may very well be that process, by the time we get through it, closes the window on mounting a realistic campaign for president. That it might close.

I’ve concluded it has closed. I know from previous experience that there’s no timetable for this process. The process doesn’t respect or much care about things like filing deadlines or debates and primaries and caucuses.

While he won’t be seeking America’s highest office, Biden has vowed to be an outspoken advocate for the Obama Administration’s legacy.

While I will not be a candidate, I will not be silent.

I intend to speak out clearly and forcefully, to influence as much as I can where we stand as a party and where we need to go as a nation. And this is what I believe.

I believe that President Obama has led this nation from crisis to recovery, and we’re now on the cusp of resurgence. I’m proud to have played a part in that. This party, our nation, will be making a tragic mistake if we walk away or attempt to undo the Obama legacy.

The American people have worked too hard, and we have come too far for that. Democrats should not only defend this record and protect this record. They should run on the record.

Biden supporters are disappointed by the Vice President’s announcement, but Hillary Clinton operatives are breathing a sign of relief as she heads into Thursday’s Congressional hearing on Benghazi.

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